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Castro Tells Obama: Give Back Gitmo, It's Ours

There are 186 comments on the www.newsmax.com story from Jan 30, 2009, titled Castro Tells Obama: Give Back Gitmo, It's Ours. In it, www.newsmax.com reports that:

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro demanded on Thursday that President Barack Obama return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo to Cuba without conditions, and he accused the new U.S. leader of supporting "Israeli genocide" against Palestinians.

Castro, who had recently praised Obama as "honest" and "noble", lashed out at his administration for stating that Washington will not return Guantanamo if it has any military use for the United States and without concessions in return.

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San Diego, CA

#1 Jan 30, 2009
I think Obama will return Guantanamo to Cuba. That's the change he and the people believe in. He will return it. But I thought the military spent MILLIONS of dollars constructing several facilities at GITMO. That will all go to waste or will GITMO become like holy land now.
Mary

San Carlos, CA

#2 Jan 30, 2009
I worked with Naz at ADT, she did support extreme terrorist groups, and a drug dealer R.Greenberg...

Naz Naz Amirsoleymani, Terrorist Supporter...
Ali wrote:
Naz Amirsoleymani "Terrorist & Drug Supporter?"
The eneny within, using "Freedom of Speech" Doe she still work with ADT? If so, I will never buy anything they sell, or where Naz works at now. Terrorist supporter.... Shelley wrote: Hamas also supports drug dealers.....
I was an instller with ADT Security. She told everyone to tell all people you work install alars, about him. She didnot like him casue he was for our gi's and for the terrorist.
"Naz Amirsoleymani. Support our troops? Why doesn't she? She worked at ADT and was harrasing one her sales associates. Calling all his clients and bad mouthing him. I recall that, I used to work for ADT Security. She did say that one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighters. I guess Al Quida and Hamas are her kind of guys..."
Hamas also supports drug dealers.....
"Geri wrote: Why do american iranians support the radical iranian governtment, hamas, and hezbollah?
Do they support our troops in war or the terrorists iranians that are providing weapons that killing us soldiers. Naz Amirsoleymani freedom fighters doesn't support our troops. "
"I am glad to hear our soldiors are doing well. This is not about your suppor for Hamas & Amirsoleymani, Naz
KEEF

Deland, FL

#3 Jan 30, 2009
Closing the prison camp at Gitmo is one thing, yes, it will be closed.

Giving the whole base back to Cuba? That has not been even brought up except by Fidel who has been asking for that for 50 years.
The US is not going to give it up.

What ever you are smoking in San Diego must be really good stuff,
your brian has become unhinged....

A 1934 treaty reaffirming the lease from $2,000 in U.S. gold coins per year, to the 1934 equivalent value of $3,086.36 in U.S. dollars, and made the lease permanent unless both governments agreed to break it or the U.S. abandoned the base property. Since the Cuban Revolution, the government under Fidel Castro has cashed only one of the rent checks from the US government. The Cuban government maintains this was only done because of "confusion" in the heady early days of the revolution, while the US government maintains that the cashing constitutes an official validation of the treaty. The remaining uncashed checks made out to "Treasurer General of the Republic" (a position that has ceased to exist after the revolution) are kept in Castro's office stuffed into a desk drawer.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#4 Jan 30, 2009
Cuba would be a nice place to make Russian and American peace efforts work

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Salt Lake City, UT

#5 Jan 30, 2009
I think Cuba would make a great 51st State.

Tell that to Fidel...
Federalist Papers

United States

#7 Jan 30, 2009
Tax Payer View wrote:
Cuba would be a nice place to make Russian and American peace efforts work
LMAO, what in the heck are you talking about. We are not at war with Russia.
Shady Lady

Elmhurst, IL

#8 Jan 30, 2009
I think President Obama will give up Gitmo. He is not an American, he is a foreigner. He has no loyalty to the U S. He will join our enemies in anything they suggest to prove we can all get along.
Dan USA

Milwaukee, WI

#9 Jan 30, 2009
Yes Cuba should be annexed to the USA.
Paloma

Lafayette, NJ

#10 Jan 30, 2009
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San Bruno, CA

#11 Jan 30, 2009
Shady Lady wrote:
He is not an American, he is a foreigner. He has no loyalty to the U S.
Shady thoughts, shady lady my friend.

Since: Jul 08

Palm Beach, FL

#12 Jan 30, 2009
Dan USA wrote:
Yes Cuba should be annexed to the USA.
It already is its called Miami.
Mothra

Portland, OR

#13 Jan 30, 2009
Let's see... Carter gave back the Panama Canal....

“"I'm A Great American!"”

Since: Sep 08

Obama Nation! USA! USA!

#14 Jan 30, 2009
Thanks Newsmax. You've informed us of Castro's opinion.

How would we ever get along without Newsmax? LOL!!!
yoda55

Desoto, TX

#15 Jan 30, 2009
USA leased the land from Cuba... if we are going to give it back, we should explode the base, so it is not later used against us.

“End Communism!”

Since: Jul 08

Wherever Freedom Dwells!

#16 Jan 30, 2009
Paloma wrote:
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Seeking Truth

Evansville, IN

#17 Jan 30, 2009
Castro can blow it out his dying ass. We are tired of the extremists in the world, left or right. GITMO will become a Club Med. LOL
Seeking Truth

Evansville, IN

#18 Jan 30, 2009
Mothra wrote:
Let's see... Carter gave back the Panama Canal....
Let's see, BUSH gave Al Quaida the "Homeland".
Worried

United States

#19 Jan 30, 2009
As usual Castro will create confrontations with the US new presisent Obama,like ha has done before with 10 other US president. Castro is creating the condition to make it imposible for Obama to establish better conditios with you. Keep an eye on Castro's dictatorship and you will see how they will try to create confrontations with the US. Just keep an eye on the dictatorship!Fidel need the US to keep his cinica' little 'David' image in front of the rest of the world!

Fidel Castro demands Obama return GITMO

Castro, who had recently praised Obama as "honest" and "noble", lashed out at his administration for stating that Washington will not return Guantanamo.
Friday, January 30, 2009
HAVANA (Reuters)- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro demanded on Thursday that President Barack Obama return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo to Cuba without conditions, and he accused the new U.S. leader of supporting "Israeli genocide" against Palestinians.

Castro, who had recently praised Obama as "honest" and "noble", lashed out at his administration for stating that Washington will not return Guantanamo if it has any military use for the United States and without concessions in return.

"Maintaining a military base in Cuba against the will of the people violates the most elemental principles of international law," Castro wrote in a column posted on the government-run website www.cubadebate.cu .

"Not respecting Cuba's will is an arrogant act and an abuse of immense power against a little country," Castro said, resorting to a charge he has leveled against the 10 previous U.S. presidents since he came to power in a 1959 revolution.

Cuba indefinitely leased Guantanamo to the United States in 1903 after the United States occupied the country during the 1898 Spanish-American War. Castro charges that the base at the south-eastern tip of Cuba was taken over illegally.

Earlier on Thursday, Washington's loudest critic in Latin America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, also urged Obama to return the Guantanamo base, after applauding his decision to close the prison camp for terrorism suspects there.

"Now he should return Guantanamo and Guantanamo Bay to the Cubans because that is Cuban territory," Chavez, Cuba's closest ally, said in a speech in Brazil.

Fidel Castro has been seen only in a few videos and photos since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006 from which he never fully recovered.

But he has maintained a public profile through his writings and meetings with visiting foreign leaders, and he is believed to retain an important political role behind the scenes.

His brother Raul Castro provisionally took power after the surgery, then officially became president in February.

Obama has said he wants to move toward normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations but would not eliminate the 46-year-old U.S. trade embargo against the communist-led island without political reforms.

Until Thursday's column, the Castro brothers had praised Obama and held back direct criticism of his administration.

Fidel Castro on Thursday also attacked Obama for supporting Israel's invasion of Gaza.

"It is the way our friend Obama has fallen into sharing Israel's genocide against Palestinians," Castro wrote in his column called "Deciphering the thought of the new U.S. president."

Since: Feb 07

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#20 Jan 30, 2009
Make it a gift to the people of Cuba, after Castro.
Worried

United States

#21 Jan 30, 2009
RayOne wrote:
Make it a gift to the people of Cuba, after Castro.
Well said! After Castro,when Cuba becomes a democracy.the US must return Gitmo to Cuba!

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